Cognitive Dissonance and Loyalty Day

From Whitehouse.gov, via the good people at Reason.

This is absolutely dripping with irony. Obama decrees that May 1st is “Loyalty Day.” Yeah, I know, that’s great on its own.

But this gem takes it up a couple notches. It’s so good on its own I resist the urge to comment further.

“On this day, let us reaffirm our allegiance to the United States of America, our Constitution, and our founding values.”

If you can stomach the entire thing. We most certainly live in Orwellian times. Glad to see I’m not alone.

Presidential Proclamation — Loyalty Day, 2012 – The White House: In order to recognize the American spirit of loyalty and the sacrifices that so many have made for our Nation, the Congress, by Public Law 85-529 as amended, has designated May 1 of each year as “Loyalty Day.” On this day, let us reaffirm our allegiance to the United States of America, our Constitution, and our founding values.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 1, 2012, as Loyalty Day. This Loyalty Day, I call upon all the people of the United States to join in support of this national observance, whether by displaying the flag of the United States or pledging allegiance to the Republic for which it stands.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.
– BARACK OBAMA

  • http://twitter.com/DunrobinMacdhai Rob

    This is definitely Orwellian, to say the least, but it has been going on for decades.   “Loyalty Day” was made an official holiday by the 85th Congress back on July 18, 1958, and has apparently been proclaimed annually by every president since then.  (Funny that most of us, including me, have never heard of it before.)